Bromka to bring one-person show to FTC this weekend


'Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty' come to life


Fredericksburg Theater Company will present Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka in her one-person show, “Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2.

Both performances are at 2 p.m. in the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Admission for “Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” is $29 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under.

Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 888-669-7114.

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In this comedy/drama, Bromka takes on the personae of three former first ladies — Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford — in a portrait about the personal cost of the hardest unpaid job in the world.

Following the performance, FTC will host a tea in the lobby along with a talk back with Bromka.

After starring in the Off-Broadway run of “Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty,” Bromka continues to tour the show nationwide.

She has appeared in film as Cindy, the mom in “Uncle Buck” and “Without a Trace.”

Her television roles have included “Girls,” “E.R.,” “The Sopranos,” “Providence,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Made in Jersey,” “Sisters,” “L.A. Law,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Special Victims’ Unit,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” Stella Lombard on “Days of Our Lives,” the Emmy Award-winning “Playing for Time” with Vanessa Redgrave and “Catch a Rainbow,” for which Bromka herself won an Emmy.

Primetime clips can be seen on her website.

She has appeared on Broadway (“The Rose Tattoo,” “I’m Not Rappaport” and “Macbeth”) and Off Broadway (“Cloud 9”) at the Lucille Lortel, Roundabout’s “Inadmissible Evidence” with Nicol Williamson, the world premiere of Michael Weller’s “Split” at E.S.T. and “Candide” with the National Theatre of the Deaf.)

She has played leads at regional theaters across the country, including Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT/Seattle, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Shakespeare and Company, McCarter Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, George Street Playhouse, and the Folger Theatre Group.

Roles ranged from “Much Ado About Nothing’s” Beatrice to the title character in “Shirley Valentine,” cited as the outstanding solo performance in New Jersey in 1997 by “The Star-Ledger.”

Starring opposite Rich Little in “The Presidents” for PBS, she impersonated the last eight first ladies.

 A member of the Actors Studio and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, her work in the indie film “In the Family” was cited by the New York Times as “memorable.”

As a guest artist, Bromka has taught her one-day acting for the camera and monologue classes at more than a hundred colleges and prep schools across the country.